Win or lose, the Killeen Kangaroos’ impact will be widespread tonight.
Through Comcast SportsNet Houston, cable subscribers living in certain areas between Houma, La., Little Rock, Ark., and Houston, can watch the Roos play Round Rock Stony Point live.
“It’s definitely a first time for us,” Killeen coach Sam Jones said. “Hopefully, we’ll play our best game playing in front of a television audience.”
Most Killeen residents, however, cannot watch the game on television because none of the local cable or satellite companies carry CSN Houston.
“CSN’s goal is to produce the best pro, college and high school sports content throughout the region,” CSN Houston Director of Programming Janice Schmader said. “Killeen is an important market for the network.”
CSN Houston showcases weekly key matchups across the state, featuring games from Amarillo to Beaumont. Tom Dore, who announced for the Chicago Bulls from 1991-2008, will handle play-by-play duties, calling names like Garrett Gaskamp and Daniel McCants.
The coverage will come with at least a pair of two-minute timeouts each quarter.
“That’s something we’ll have to get used to,” Jones said. “It gives us a chance to rest a little bit.”
Killeen won’t travel south again until the playoffs, so Jones expects the 7 p.m. game at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Austin to draw a sea of maroon shirts.
CSN employees are hoping for competitive ratings for tonight's game.
From the field level, the Roos look hungry.
“We’re at a point that we haven’t been in in awhile,” Jones said. “I thought we got at it pretty hard and pretty intense (in practice). Being 0-2 will humble you pretty quickly. We’re used to winning and all the sudden we haven’t.
“For us to win, we’re going to have to be error-free and do some of the things that we didn’t do in the first two games. The team that makes the fewest mistakes will probably end up winning.”